The MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival was a free event for students of all ages and their families to assist with getting essential items for the upcoming school year.
On Friday, August 14, attendees drove through the MLK, Jr. Community Center’s parking lot to pick up free backpacks, school supplies, t-shirts, underwear, socks, and more to prepare for the new school year.
This year’s sponsors and partners included In the City for Good, LIRA, Reliant Energy, Carter’s House, North Texas Food Bank, State Fair of Texas, Peter and Dena Silberman, Terris Perkins, Jr., and the Gold Experience.
If you are interested in donating supplies, please deliver them to the MLK, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, or on Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Uniform Shirts (White shirts only)
Sizes (Boys and Girls): XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
Sizes (Men and Women): S, M, L, XL, XXL
We have 10 spots for community partners to register and participate. You must pre-package your items to be placed in the trunk as cars drive by. Contact us at 214-670-8418 to sign up for a spot.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact us at 214-670-8418.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will host a Drive-Thru Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attendees can drive through the MLK parking lot and receive free non-perishable food items, hygiene kits, and household products.
On Saturday, November 16, we collaborated with the Giving Tree Ministries for the 3rd Annual Thanksgiving in the Neighborhood. We served complete turkey dinners with all of the trimmings to the community.
On Monday, November 25, we also celebrated Thanksgiving with the MLK Seniors and presented each senior with a turkey and sides to have a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
Special thanks to our sponsors, the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Empowering the Masses, Kenneth Robinson Construction, Miles of Freedom, Morningside Community Development Association, and Terris Perkins, Jr.
On Saturday, September 14, we hosted the 2nd Annual Can We Talk Youth Conference, which was a free event for high school students in grades 9-12.
Students participated in several workshops and breakout sessions including Understanding Your Rights, the Importance of Higher Education, and Adulting 101.
Special guests included Richard Miles, Miles of Freedom; Lynn Richardson, Dallas County Public Defender; Tristen Paige, Turning Paiges; Joseph Thomas, City of Dallas; Tammy Johnson, Empowering the Masses; Forrest Jackson, Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity; Earlyshia Thomas, Choose You Foundation; and Torian Stencer, Founder of Yes Thrive.
The MLK Back to School Festival is a “one-stop-shop” for parents and students preparing for the new school year. On Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., families can come to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75215) and receive free school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, shoes, and more. There will also be vendors, a children’s play area, free food, and snow cones.
This event is open to all families with children in grades Pre-K to 12. Parents must provide a photo ID and children must be present to receive supplies. There are no zip code restrictions or income requirements to receive supplies.
When: Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, located at 2922 MLK Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75215.
Who: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosts this annual event. This year’s sponsors include the City of Dallas, Miles of Freedom, Carter’s House, Capital One, Reliant Energy, Turning Paiges, and Panda Cares. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please call 214-670-8418 or visit www.dallasmlkcenter.com/back-to-school.
On Wednesday, June 19, we commemorated Juneteenth with a free community festival where guests enjoyed local vendors, live entertainment, food trucks, children’s activities and more. Sponsors included Leadership Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Miles of Freedom, Empowering the Masses, and #BeGolden.
There was a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick off the grand opening of the new MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, which will give citizens free access to fresh, healthy foods and dry goods twice per week. Its hours of operation are Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are no zip code requirements or income restrictions.
For more information about the MLK Fresh Food Distribution Center, click here or contact a staff member at 214-670-8418.
On Thursday, May 30, we hosted “Can We Talk?” which was a free workshop to encourage social services professionals to rethink stress, avoid burnout, and implement more self-care practices in their daily lives.
Topics included mindfulness, health and wellness, and different ways to manage stress. Guests also learned about the health benefits of meditation and created vision boards to represent future goals and dreams.